Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
This week's report from the American Academy of Pediatrics concluding that health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks is a welcome intervention in what is becoming a disturbing debate over the legitimacy of one of Juda­ism's oldest and most-defining traditions. The academy's task force stopped short of calling for routine circumcision of all newborn boys, but placed the decision exactly...
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Any endeavor that promises a richer Jewish education for our youth is a good thing, which is why several developments on the local scene are worth embracing as the new school year gets off the ground over the next few weeks. On the day school front, Torah Academy Girls High has a new home and a new name, offering a...
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If it comes to pass as anticipated, the demise of Syrian President Bashar Assad will not be mourned. The despot who has managed to hold on to power for a year and a half against a persistent rebel force has shown once again what an oppressive Syrian regime is capable of doing to its own people. After the death of...
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Here we go again. Summer's not even over yet and the Palestinians are already looking to revive their misguided efforts to find recognition at the United Nations rather than sitting down to directly negotiate with Israel. Following last year's failed bid to be granted state status by the U.N. Security Council, they are now seeking a more circuitous -- though...
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Pennsylvania's new voter ID law is now in the hands of Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court, which is where its controversial journey should quickly come to a final resting place. The law requiring a photo identification in order to vote come November has done nothing but spark confusion, dismay and suspicion since it was passed by the state legislature earlier this year...
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